The report claims that the Hammers are unlikely to pursue a permanent deal for on-loan midfielder Alex Song, and as an alternative Newcastle’s Sissoko has been earmarked as an ideal candidate.
Song joined West Ham on a 12-month loan deal from Barcelona last summer, yet a lack of first-team appearances suggests boss Slaven Bilic will opt against signing him permanently.
Sissoko represents a fine midfield alternative despite the two players arguably being different in type.
While Song is a holding midfielder, Newcastle’s powerful midfielder can play in a range of positions though he is predominantly more attack-minded, featuring mostly in a wide right position.
The 26-year-old has made 33 Premier League matches this season, scoring once and adding a further six assists as he seeks to help the club preserve their top-flight status come the end of the season.
Should relegation occur, Sissoko will be one of the first names linked with a move away from the St. James’ Park as he is widely regarded as one of the the Magpies’ better players.
The France international joined the Tyneside club from Toulouse in January 2013, and he has since made over 100 Premier League appearances under three different managers.
West Ham will have money to spend this summer as they are set to move in to the Olympic Stadium, and a player of Sissoko’s ability would be a welcome addition in East London.